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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A rich lustrous dark red London ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (3533) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
This was courtesy of Strykzone. It poured from the 12 oz. bottle a dark amber color with a medium sized off-white head and light lacing.. The nose is faint, and mostly of caramel malts and toffee. Light in body with a sweet mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit odd with some caramel, fruit, and a hit of hops. Drinkable, but barely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arve_Christian (3415) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
Backlog autumn 2011 Bottle at Schouskjelleren Medium body & complexity A bit bland, but enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
fsquirrel29 (80) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 I have to say this is NOT my style of beer. I found this beer to be way too sweet and fruity for me. I’m not a hops fan and this beer says it has "light hops". So I either really hate hops, or they use more of them than the review says. But to be perfectly fair to this beer, a friend bought a 6 pack. Gave 1 to me, drank 3 himself (with the same review as mine) and gave the remaining 2 to a co-worker that likes hoppy beers and the co-worker REALLY liked this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Out of the bottle, my pour has a full amber color with a moderate off-white head. The aroma is nearly non-existent. What smell does come out of the glass is toasted bread, caramel, Some sweet caramel or toffee go along with a touch of toasted bread. Unfortunately, this is a very faint flavor and there is a processed, metallic flavor that is almost as noticeable. The Magician has a very light body and medium carbonation. This beer really does nothing for me except encourage me to dump it out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle. Not really digging the aroma. Caramel, molasses, dark fruit, plum. Hint of sour. Murky dark reddish brown. Red is prevalent. Thin tan head. Taste is very much what the aroma promised and it’s underwhelming. Perhaps the least interesting of the shorts beers I’ve had. Tastes dated with a slight off flavor. There’s no magic in this beer, although its drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3279) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Jale bottle at Flossmoor’s pre-DLD gathering. Yep, it was a slightly hoppy amber ale. Next please....(that might be unfair but it was in a big lineup this night).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle… Hazy, dark, Longhorn-orange ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is malty, toasty and grainy with a whisper of yogurt or sour cream. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is malty and rich - caramel and toffee - with none of the lactic acidity that I expected due to the nose. Toasty, nourishing finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (5207) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Red/brown color with a modest off-white head. The nose is a bit spicy, some red currant, toffee, malts. The taste is moderately sweet. Medium duration, medium mouthfeel. Overall, a strange beer that I don’t particularly rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (559) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Dark reddish brown pour with a cream colored head. Definite dark fruit overtones. Smooth pleasant finish. A nice amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap at the Claddagh. Pouts clear dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, and bread. Flavors of caramel, bread, toasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, maybe a little on the thin side. Nice amber overall.

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